The Bachelor of Science degree program in Forestry & Natural Resources prepares students for careers in the protection and management of our forest and natural resources. Concentrations include: Environmental Planning and Assessment, Forest and Environmental Practices, Natural Resources Recreation, Urban Forestry, Watershed Management and Hydrology, Wildland Fire and Fuels Management, and an Individualized Course of Study.
Graduates qualify for such positions as forester, environmental interpreter, natural resource manager, urban forester, park administrator, park ranger, resource planner, watershed manager, hydrologist, fire and fuels manager, and many other related environmental career areas.
Cal Poly graduates are employed throughout the world: establishing, managing and sustaining forests and urban wildland areas; providing opportunities for a full range of uses; teaching; extension; research; and protecting and managing the environment. Please see Careers in Forestry & Natural Resources for further ideas.
The NRM Department manages the forest resources of Swanton Pacific Ranch , located near Santa Cruz adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. This 3800-acre field laboratory includes redwood forests, salmon-bearing streams, agricultural land and many other ecological environments. Students make extensive use of this facility.